| This fight started off with an amazing pace…just what the fans in Indy asked for!
Both men came out swinging with big shots in the opening round. They were landing nicely but it was Perez who seemed to catch the most damage from Mizugaki in the early exchanges. About midway through the round Perez scored a takedown and it became apparent that Perez was bleeding from his nose. Mizugaki came back up to his feet but was again taken down my Perez moments later. However, Perez was not able to do any damage from the top position and Mizugaki again came back up to his feet. Moments later Mizugaki scored a beautiful takedown of his own. Not a ton of strikes landed but both men did some damage to each other. I think Mizugaki stole round one, 10-9, by doing more damage.
The second round was much of the same as both men landed some nice, clean strikes, but again it was Mizugaki who was landing the more damaging, efficient strikes. Perez was not able to score the takedows like he did in the first round and because of that he was forced to stand and bang with Mizugaki. Mizugaki was being patient and landing great counter strikes toward the end of the round and Perez decided to try to grind out Mizugaki against the cage because he was not winning the standing-battle. Takeya broke from the clinch and Mizugaki then landed a huge straight right hand that pretty much locked up the round for him. The second frame ended with Perez again having his takedown stuffed by Takeya. This was clearly another round for Mizugaki, 10-9.
The third round was high paced as well and Mizugaki just seemed to get better as the fight wore on. Takeya landed some beautiful counter strikes to open the round and that forced Perez to again go for takedowns. Perez scored one momentarily but Takeya came back up and then took Perez down to the ground with a nice body lock. From the top Mizugaki rolled with Perez and took his back in the process. He locked in a rear-naked choke and sunk it deep, but Perez showed his huge heart and fought it off. They scrambled a little more, exchanged, both men landed, but it was again, like it had been the entire fight, Mizugaki landing the more damaging blows. With 10 seconds left Mizugaki broke from the clinch and threw several strikes, a few that landed, as the final seconds ticked off. I think Mizugaki also took round 3, giving him the clean sweep and the win.
Takeya Mizugaki Wins via Split Decision
This was an amazing fight between two warriors in the bantamweight division. Both men displayed great heart and grit but it was Takeya Mizugaki who looked a little more crisp and was able to do more damage in each of the rounds. I was honestly shocked that it was a split decision as I had Takeya clearly winning each round. Regardless, it was a great bout for the fans and a well deserved victory for Takeya Mizugaki.
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